Kottayam: The Special Court on Thursday disposed of one more case charged in connection with the Vithura sex scandal and acquitted six more accused in the case.
Special Court Judge S Shajahan pronounced the judgment acquitting six persons including Advocate General K C Peter, one of the key accused.
The court had earlier acquitted another key accused Sunil Thomas, hailing from Kochi, and former Aluva DySP Muhammad Basheer.
K Rajan, hailing from Raji house, Kaithavana, Alappuzha, and G Girinath, who hails from Ananda Narayanapuram in Alappuzha, were also exonerated by the court earlier as the Prosecution “failed to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt”.
Rajan and Girinath were the fourth and the fifth accused in one of the 15 cases that were before the Special Court. Meanwhile, Suresh, Kurian Sam and his wife Preethi Kurian, who are the first, second and third accused in the case respectively, are absconding and hence their trails are pending.
According to the prosecution, Rajan and Girinath raped the victim at the house of Kurian and Preethi at Girinagar in Ernakulam in the second week of February, 1996. Meanwhile, the court disposed of the case citing lack of evidence. Although the victim had identified the accused during the parade, she later changed her statement and said that she did not remember the persons during the trial.
The court had declared the survivor hostile in all cases after she submitted that she was not able to identify the accused.